Kalmer retires at Bradley
Following his team’s elimination from the
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament last week, Bradley head
coach Dewey Kalmer announced his retirement.
The winningest coach in Bradley Athletics
history, Kalmer compiled a record of 842-772-4 in 29 seasons
with the Braves, including a 26-28 mark this season. Kalmer had
a record of 1,032-914-5 in 40 seasons as a head coach, good for
34th place on the Division I all-time wins list.
Kalmer has sent 65 Braves to professional
baseball, including seven who made it to the Major Leagues: Mike
Dunn, Mike Grace, Jim Lindeman, Kirby Puckett, Bryan Rekar,
Brian Shouse and Roger Smithberg. Shouse is currently a relief
pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, which means at least one
former Bradley player has been in the Major Leagues each of the
past 26 seasons.
A native of Trenton, Ill., Kalmer graduated from
Quincy in 1966 after earning All-America honors for basketball
as well as baseball. He was drafted by the Washington Senators
as a catcher and played three years in the organization, the
final two at Triple-A. Kalmer returned to Quincy, where he was
the head coach for baseball and basketball for 11 years before
moving to Bradley.
Click here for list of 2008 Division I head coaching changes.